Brunch is all about unconventional foods at unconventional times, which means it’s the perfect meal to add a little something special to your morning OJ. Who said brunch couldn’t be bubbly?
There are many different places to get mimosas in Columbia. Each place is a little different, but there’s still a classic base that most start from. Take Glenn’s Cafe for example, where the classic orange mimosa is their most popular and reigns supreme during their weekend brunch.
“The champagne we use is very good quality,” Glenn’s Cafe Assistant Manager Eva Slatinska says. “We fill the glass about three quarters of the way and then pour the juice and some bitters.”
So whether it’s classic orange juice or exciting mango, heavy on the vitamin C or severely spiked, here’s where to find the best mimosa in town to start your weekend off just right.
Flavors and fizz: The Quarry
Tucked beneath Nourish Cafe and Gumby’s Pizza, The Quarry offers a Cajun-influenced brunch menu with homage to the basics including the classic mimosa. Yes, The Quarry does offer bottomless mimosas, but what really sets the restaurant apart is the variety of flavors customers can choose from: pineapple, strawberry, mango and blackberry included. Branch out and find a new brunch favorite or better yet bring a group and try them all!
Hangover fenders: Boudin pepper jelly biscuit or beignets to start, andouille omelette to finish.
Set the alarm for: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price range: $15 bottomless mimosas
Address: 1201 E. Broadway
Posh pickings: Room 38
If you believe that drinking champagne in the morning should be a classy event, head to downtown favorite Room 38. While the list of choices is a little narrower, Room 38 makes up for it with unconventional flavors. Try the grapefruit, apple cider or pomegranate mimosa if you’re adventurous or the classic orange if you prefer familiar comforts. And sophisticated doesn’t mean stingy — bottomless mimosas are $15 as long as brunch is offered.
Hangover fenders: Try the decadent lobster eggs Benedict, the house-made candied bacon or coconut French toast.
Set the alarm for: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price range: $15 bottomless mimosas
Address: 38 N. Eighth St.
All weekend long: Glenn’s Cafe
With a brick facade outside and a crystal chandelier inside, Glenn’s Cafe feels like an old-school brunch spot with its wood paneled dining room and bottle decorations. That old-school atmosphere makes the mix of champagne and orange go down even smoother. Try cranberry or grapefruit juice for a refreshing twist.
Hangover fenders: Try the shrimp and grits or the royal quiche.
Set the alarm for: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price range: $9
Address: 29 S. Eighth St.
Just a drop of OJ: Cafe Berlin
Cafe Berlin is something of a jack-of-all-trades. The restaurant doubles as an ultra-cool music venue and poetry slam hot spot. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the classic mimosa on the menu, sparkling wine with orange juice, is listed next to the “mo-mosa.” Offering an edgier twist on the boozy brunch, this drink is served on the rocks with just a splash of OJ. This drink is perfect if you like your mimosas clearer than most, but proceed with caution!
Hangover fenders: Get the buttermilk pancakes or the “Starving Artist,” a biscuit and vegetarian gravy bowl piled with potatoes, eggs and greens.
Set the alarm for: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Price range: $6-8
Address: 220 N. 10th St.
The sweet twist: 44 Stone Public House
If downtown weekend traffic isn’t for you, head toward 44 Stone Public House. The sunrise mimosa comes with a twist of grenadine, and you can also indulge in a bloody mary if you’re craving a savory fix.
Hangover fenders: Sunday roast with all the fixings or breakfast bread pudding for something sweet.
Set the alarm for: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and on
Price range: $4 for a single mimosa
Address: 3910 Peachtree Drive